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Hi all!

Just wondering if anyone has any suggestions for a dash cam that doesn't cost an arm and a leg without a screen. 1080p is sufficient. 4k is overkill since I won't be driving often. All things being equal, night time is better.

Would also like if their is rear camera option (Is adding it later an option?)

Are these things pretty easy to set up, or does it depend on the vehicle?

Also, I presume these thing can be used to make time lapse videos?

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Sounds like the Garmin Dash Cam Mini could meet your needs. I replaced my old G1W-C with one to get WiFi and a cleaner/discreet look. You can link up to 4 of them together.

There is a new model out now with HDR and live camera (requires car WiFi and always on cable), but if you don't need that you might be able to find the old model on clearance.
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Thinkware F200 Pro is what I'm running in my vehicles. Tend to stay with well known brands due to app support.
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Why no screen? It's not a good idea at all. You need the screen to see where it's pointing as it shifts once in a while plus for initial positioning plus to know whether it's recording or there's an error( it does happen). An ok dashcam is as cheap as $20 off ebay. ANY of 2019+ models will be great for the purpose. I've been using dashcams since 2010, had many.
Another tip, get the best micro sd card you can, as cheap ones will crap out on you as they are not design for such use.
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Driftwood wrote: Sounds like the Garmin Dash Cam Mini could meet your needs. I replaced my old G1W-C with one to get WiFi and a cleaner/discreet look. You can link up to 4 of them together.

There is a new model out now with HDR and live camera (requires car WiFi and always on cable), but if you don't need that you might be able to find the old model on clearance.
Sorry, but why would I need wifi? I mean wouldn't that just drain the battery?
I mean not a problem if I need to charge it up often.
I'm a noob and just trying to understand how all this works.

Personally, I'd be fine with taking out the sd card and manually uploading any video to my computer via an old school file transfer. I highly doubt I'll be near enough to the car parked to get an alert if something triggered the camera, but maybe I'm missing something?
Tha_Doggg wrote: Thinkware F200 Pro is what I'm running in my vehicles. Tend to stay with well known brands due to app support.
I presume Thinkware is well known?
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dazz wrote: Why no screen? It's not a good idea at all. You need the screen to see where it's pointing as it shifts once in a while plus for initial positioning plus to know whether it's recording or there's an error( it does happen). An ok dashcam is as cheap as $20 off ebay. ANY of 2019+ models will be great for the purpose. I've been using dashcams since 2010, had many.
Another tip, get the best micro sd card you can, as cheap ones will crap out on you as they are not design for such use.
I don't want the screen because I prefer a sleek and unobtrusive look. Also don't want an extra light when driving at night. If I did have a screen, I'd have it off 99.9% of the time. Of course, I presume (hope!) I'd be able to view the camera through my mobile phone in order to make any quick adjustments.

I've read about the SD card are one area to not cheap out on and will certainly take that to heart and not skimp out.

But I presume one can make time lapse videos too?
And are they generally pretty easy to install or should take this to a shop?

Thanks again!
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VIOFO A129 is small and discrete despite having a screen.

Else I'd go for one of the many screen-less Thinkware's such as the Thinkware Q800 Pro

I recently had one of each installed in both my vehicles from https://torontodashcaminstall.ca/

If you scroll down to the bottom of their site they have photos of their work including both the VIOFO and Thinkware cameras so you get an idea
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Depending on how the cables will run, you can install the camera yourself in under 2 minutes. Some screens can be turned off. At night, most will not be able to show anything so you'll see mostly black screen anyways. You won't notice it any more you notice your speedometer. Depending on the camera and how it is setup, some can shift every few days. Since you never had it, it seems you are overthinking it.
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dazz wrote: Why no screen? It's not a good idea at all. You need the screen to see where it's pointing as it shifts once in a while plus for initial positioning plus to know whether it's recording or there's an error( it does happen). An ok dashcam is as cheap as $20 off ebay. ANY of 2019+ models will be great for the purpose. I've been using dashcams since 2010, had many.
Another tip, get the best micro sd card you can, as cheap ones will crap out on you as they are not design for such use.
Screens are bad because of the heat, they'll eventually burn out from constantly being in the sun (speaking from experience). It's also the same reason why battery operated ones are not recommended, only super capacitor batteries with hardwiring are recommended.

The best are the ones with WiFi where you can stream the footage on your phone and dashcams without a screen always have a LED light to let you know it's recording. The lack of a present screen also allows the dashcam to be much smaller and discreet. If your camera is "shifting", you're not mounting it properly. Use glass mounting tape.
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EnyCe wrote: Screens are bad because of the heat, they'll eventually burn out from constantly being in the sun (speaking from experience). It's also the same reason why battery operated ones are not recommended, only super capacitor batteries with hardwiring are recommended.

The best are the ones with WiFi where you can stream the footage on your phone and dashcams without a screen always have a LED light to let you know it's recording. The lack of a present screen also allows the dashcam to be much smaller and discreet. If your camera is "shifting", you're not mounting it properly. Use glass mounting tape.
I had them on the dash and and now at the windshield and the sun does not touch the screen. While cam itself does gets warm, out of all the dash cams I had, none of them had issues with the screen. I also had one where you can turn off the screen. A dashcam without a screen is like an old gopro without one. You think you got it and it's pointing right and perhaps you set it on your phone but then it shifts and your whole video is fu$%$ed. As for being smaller, mine is about 2"x1.5" and about 1" thick.. The screen is about 1". I am pretty sure most cams are larger than that.
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Are dash cams generally easy to install if you want to have a park feature set up?

I worry about short circuiting the car...

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